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Foster Waterman Stearns (July 29, 1881 - June 4, 1956) was a U.S. Representative from New Hampshiremarker.

Born in Hull, Massachusettsmarker, Stearns attended public schools. He was graduated from Amherst Collegemarker in 1903, Harvard Universitymarker in 1906, and Boston Collegemarker in 1915. He was Librarian of the Museum of Fine Arts, Bostonmarker, from 1913 to 1917, and State Librarian of Massachusettsmarker in 1917.

During the First World War, Stearns served as a first lieutenant with the Sixteenth Infantry, First Division, and at the General Headquarters of the American Expeditionary Forces in France, where he served as assistant military attaché from November 27, 1917, until discharged August 5, 1919.

He served in the Department of Statemarker, Washington, D.C.marker, in 1920 and 1921, and was third secretary of the American Embassy, attached to the United States High Commission, in Constantinoplemarker, 1921-1923. He was second secretary of the American Embassy at Parismarker in 1923 and 1924.

Returning to the United States, Stearns was Librarian of the College of the Holy Crossmarker in Worcester, Massachusettsmarker, from 1925 to 1930. He moved to Hancock, New Hampshiremarker, in 1927.

He served as member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1937 and 1938, and served as delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1940 and 1948. He was Regent of the Smithsonian Institutionmarker, 1941-1945.

Stearns was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-sixth, Seventy-seventh, and Seventy-eighth Congresses (January 3, 1939-January 3, 1945). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1944, but was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for United States Senator.

In 1942, Stearns became a director of the Rumford Printing Co. of Concord, New Hampshiremarker. He moved to Exetermarker in 1948, where he died June 4, 1956. He was interred in Exeter Cemetery.


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